Welcome to this edition of my Community Newsletter
In recent weeks I have:
Called on Canterbury Bankstown Councillors to withdraw plans to redevelop Revesby, Padstow, Panania, East Hills and Picnic Point
Chaired hearings of the House of Representatives Economics Committee with CEOs of the Four Major Banks
Welcomed St Joseph's Primary School Riverwood to Parliament House in Canberra
Visited Learning Links in Peakhurst with Minister for Education, Simon Birmingham
My door is always open. I'm ready to have a chat and to discuss any issues you would like to raise. Please get in touch on the contact details at the bottom of this newsletter.
David Coleman MP Federal Member for Banks
OUT AND ABOUT IN BANKS
David has been meeting with residents across the electorate.
Attended the East Hills Netball Club Presentation Day at Picnic Point Bowling Club
Hosted Moon Festival Celebrations at Club Central Hurstville
Visited St Aidan's Anglican Church
Attended the Inaugural Microbiome Research Centre Grants Announcements at St George Hospital
Presented awards at the Lugarno Football Club Presentation Day at Gannons Park
Attended Lugarno Progress Association's Music in the Park
Presented awards at Penshurst RSL JRL Presentation Day
Visited Lugarno Dance School
Visited All Saints Oatley West Anglican Church
Attended Oatley Public School's 100th Birthday Party
Visited the Oatley Seniors Group at the Oatley Seniors Centre
Visited the site of the new Mortdale Men's Shed
Attended the Padstow Demons Netball Presentation Day at Padstow RSL
Presented awards at the Padstow United Soccer Club Presentation Day at Playford Park
Attended the Padstow Hornets Soccer Club presentation at Stuart Street Reserve
Atttended the Georges River Light the Night Fundraiser for the Leukaemia Foundation
Presented awards at the St Christopher's Soccer Presentation Day at Marco Reserve
Attended the Bankstown AFL Presentation Day at Kelso Park
Presented awards at the Panania RSL Soccer Presentation at Panania Diggers
Attended the St Christopher's Netball Club Presentation at Panania Diggers
Met with management of Penshurst RSL
Visited the adult English Language class at 3Bridges Penshurst
Presented awards at the Peakhurst United FC Presentation Day at Peakhurst Park
Visited Learning Links with Minister for Education Simon Birmingham
Toured St Charbel's College with Minister for Education Simon Birmingham
Attended the Revesby Workers Netball Presentation
Attended Hurstville South Public School P&C Meeting
DAVID CALLS ON CANTERBURY BANKSTOWN COUNCILLORS TO WITHDRAW DEVELOPMENT PLANS
David has called for newly elected Councillors at Canterbury Bankstown Council to withdraw Council's plan for radical redevelopment across Revesby, Padstow, East Hills, Panania and Picnic Point. The plan would see tens of thousands of additional residents added to this area.
Speaking in Parliament, David said, "It is entirely possible for this plan to be withdrawn and for a new plan to be submitted, and that is what must happen."
David has been campaigning for Council to listen to the concerns of local residents and withdraw the plans for some time.
"All of the Councillors need to step up, withdraw this plan, go back to the drawing board and preserve the character of our area," David said.
DAVID AND MINISTER FOR EDUCATION VISIT LEARNING LINKS AT PEAKHURST
On October 30, David and the Minister for Education, Simon Birmingham visited Learning Links at Peakhurst.
Learning Links is an organisation which offers support for students with learning difficulties, including in many schools across the Banks electorate.
"It was good to visit Learning Links with the Minister to discuss the importance of supporting students in the classroom who may need extra assistance with learning," David said.
David and the Minister were joined by CEO of Learning Links, Birgitte Maibom, the Chairman of the Learning Links Board, Greg Wallace, and representatives of each area of therapy offered by Learning Links.
"Thank you to the staff at Learning Links for their insights into learning support in local schools," David said.
EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST OPEN FOR ARMISTICE CENTENARY COMMEMORATION GRANTS
David invites community organisations from Banks to submit an expression of interest for the Federal Government's Armistice Centenary Grants Program.
The program provides $7.5 million in grant funding for community activities commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War in 2018.
Under the program, Banks community organisations can apply for a share of $50,000 to mark the Armistice Centenary.
“Next year marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War and many of our community organisations will wish to mark this significant milestone,” David said.
“I will be consulting with local community groups to determine how these funds can be used to the greatest benefit.”
Applications open on 11 November 2017 and close on 28 February 2018.
For more information, please contact David's office on 9771 3400.
DAVID WELCOMES ST JOSEPH'S PRIMARY SCHOOL RIVERWOOD TO PARLIAMENT HOUSE
On the 19th October, David welcomed students from St Joseph's Catholic Primary School to Parliament House.
The students, who were in Canberra on a school excursion, spoke with David about his role as a Federal Member of Parliament
"The students asked a lot of interesting questions about Parliament House, how laws are passed and Australian democracy in general," David said.
Hundreds of students from the Banks electorate visit Parliament House each year to learn about government.
"Thank you to the students and staff from St Joseph's Riverwood for visiting Parliament House," David said.
DAVID CHAIRS HEARINGS WITH CEOs OF FOUR MAJOR BANKS
David has once again led hearings with representatives of the Four Major Banks as part of the ongoing inquiry into the Banking industry by the House of Representatives Committee on Economics. David is the chair of this committee.
The four hearings, held in Parliament House in Canberra, focused on a range of important issues relating to banks, including fees charged for using tap-and-go payments, executive accountability measures, and interest rates.
Following the last hearings held by the Committee, the Government accepted nine out of ten recommendations at the 2017 Budget. The recommendations included the establishment of a new one-stop shop for consumner complaints against banks and new powers for the ACCC to investigate the setting of interest rates.
The Committee is expected to publish its next report later this year.
BANKS COMMUNITY NOTICE BOARD
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THE BENEVOLENT SOCIETY
The Benevolent Society offers the SaverPlus Program to help people establish good savings habits. Savings of up to $500 are matched dollar for dollar. For more information contact your local Saver Plus Coordinator on 0409 013 183 Mimi Liu, or enquire online at www.saverplus.org.au, call or SMS your name and postcode to 1300 610 355, or email email@example.com. The Program is funded by ANZ and the Australian Government Department of Social Services. Go to www.dss.gov.au for more information.
BANKSTOWN BUSHWALKING CLUB
The Club offers a range of bushwalks (from easier ½ day strolls to harder multi-day walks and weekend backpack camping trips), as well as a variety of social activities held in local bushland areas, in the Greater Sydney region, and in surrounding National Parks - Royal, Blue Mountains, Wollemi and further afield.
Members and Visitors are encouraged to attend Club meetings (7:30pm on the second Monday each month, except Dec and Jan) at Georges Hall Community Centre, 188 Birdwood Road, Georges Hall, NSW. Further information: http://www.bankstownbushwalkingclub.org.au/. Membership Enquiries: Glenda – firstname.lastname@example.org or 0422 089 606 (text preferred).
CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN TENNIS ASSOCIATION
CBTA seeks volunteers to help with activities to be undertaken in community tennis administration. If you have computer skills, or love phone contact, CBTA has a job for you. See the CBTA website for more information, or call Adele on 9771 5665. You can also call Paul Burgess on 0414 767 426.
CWA GEORGES RIVER BRANCH
Join a pro-active group of ladies to learn about creative skills such as cooking and handicraft; help to raise funds for medical research, rural assistance and education scholarships and support key issues such as sustainability and the environment.
The Country Women’s Association Georges River Branch meets on the third Saturday of each month (except January) at 2pm in the Sports Room, Mortdale RSL, Mortdale. Find us on Facebook on ‘CWA Georges River Branch’. For more information, contact Christine Davis on 0418406214 or email email@example.com.
Discovery Writers meet on the 1st Tuesday of the month (except January) from 12:30pm - 3pm in the Miles Franklin Room, Hurstville City Library. They provide opportunities for local writers, and encourage their projects. For more details contact Margaret on firstname.lastname@example.org.
EAST HILLS MENS SHED
The East Hills Men's Shed is open for business from 9am-3pm Mondays and Tuesdays. We are always looking for new members. Come in for a coffee or a chat. For more information, contact Bob Bishop on 0412 274 271.
GEORGES RIVER BUSHCARE VOLUNTEERS
Bushcare volunteering sites are located at Evatt Park, Heinrich Reserve, Lime Kiln Bay, Marine Drive Reserve, Myles Dunphy North and South, Oatley Park, Peakhurst Foreshore and the Riverwood Wetlands. For more information regarding how to volunteer, including dates and times for certain areas, please contact the Bushcare Office on 9330 6468, or email email@example.com.
HURSTVILLE FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY
The Society meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 10am in the Exhibition Room, Hurstville Library. Each month the Society has a speaker or workshop relating to family history research. New members are welcome and can contact the society on 9522 6956.
HURSTVILLE SENIORS COMPUTER CLUB
The Computer Club meets on the last Wednesday of each month at 1pm in the Hurstville Seniors Centre, 91 Queens Road, Hurstville. The Club runs classes and has guest speakers once a month at the General Meeting. New members welcome. For more information please call 9585 9184.
ILLAWARRA SUBURBS TENNIS ASSOCIATION
Tennis is a great way to get some exercise in both a social and competitive environment. The Illawarra Suburbs Lawn Tennis Association has been running competitions in the area for over 100 years and continues to run comp's for players of all standards every day of the week. Players are welcome to join individually or form a team and join a competition. It's cheap, fun, and a great way to get some fresh air and meet some like-minded friendly people. Check their website for further details. www.stgeorgesutherlandtennis.com.au
LADIES PROBUS CLUB OF HURSTVILLE
The Ladies Probus Club of Hurstville meets on the second Wednesday of each month, except December and January, at 10am in the Auditorium of Penshurst RSL. The Club welcomes retired and semi-retired ladies to join them for a morning of friendship. Morning tea is provided. Guest speakers and monthly day tours are enjoyed by members. Contact Lyn on 9579 5358 to find out more.
LUGARNO LIONS CLUB
The Lions Club of Lugarno meets the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month at Mortdale RSL 7.00pm. To find out about becoming a member of Lugarno lions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Lugarno Lions will be selling Christmas Cake to support projects in the local community. Cakes will be available from Butchers; Barry’s at Padstow, Mick’s at Peakhurst and Bresnahan’s at Mortdale, St George Bank at Roselands and Menai, Magic Clippers Hairdresser at Riverwood Plaza, Grandviews Bowling and Mortdale RSL Clubs, and Riverwood Air League. Our members also supply their acquaintances and work colleagues.
LUGARNO PROGRESS ASSOCIATION
The Lugarno Progress Association meets at Grandviews Bowling Club - they meet on the 1st Monday of the month, except public holidays. Meetings commence at 7.30pm. For more information please contact President Ken Mason on 0416 274 881.
MULGA ROAD BOOKSHOP
Mulga Road Bookshop is a project of the Rotary Club of Hurstville. They sell quality second hand books from $1 and all proceeds go to local charities. Gift Vouchers are also available to purchase. They are currently raising money for Rotary Kids at Play project in the Children's Ward at St. George Hospital. The Bookshop is located at 89 Mulga Road, Oatley and is open 9-5 Monday to Friday and 10-2 on Saturdays. The shop can be contacted by phone on 8034 6269 or email: email@example.com. They can also be found on Facebook and on their website www.mulgaroadbooks.com.au
OATLEY 101 SOCIETY OF ARTISTS
The Oatley 101 Society of Artists - where artists are dedicated to sharing ideas and experiences and encouraging all aspects of artistic endeavour. There are monthly art demonstrations, workshops, regular classes in oils, acrylics, watercolour and mixed media, a Life Drawing Sketch Group, an active Social Studio Painting Group, an en plein air painting group, plus childrens art classes. Visit the website: www.oatley101.com.
OATLEY FLORA AND FAUNA CONSERVATION SOCIETY (OFF)
The primary aims of the Society are to stimulate interest in Australian flora and fauna, foster an understanding of the need to conserve the natural environment and cooperate with other organisations in protecting the environment. OFF is a flourishing local organisation and welcomes new members and visitors. It holds monthly meetings with guest speakers and monthly walks. For more information see the OFF website at off.oatleypark.com.
OATLEY LIONS CLUB
Oatley Lions Club meets each month on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month from 7:15pm at Oatley RSL. Dinner meetings are held on the 4th Tuesday and include a guest speaker. Guest speakers are most welcome. For more details contact Bryan on 9579 3029 or 0412 532 260.
PANANIA SCOUTING GROUP
The 2nd Panania Scout Group is open to new members from the local area. The group supports activities like Clean Up Australia Day, Earth Day and ANZAC Day, while also hosting youth camps and activities. Joeys, for 6-8 year olds is held Tuesdays from 5.30-6.30pm. Cubs, for 8-11 year olds is held Tuesdays from 7-8.30pm. Scouts, for 11-15 year olds, is held Monday from 7-9pm. The groups meet at the Scout Hall on Wilson Street, Panania. For inquiries, contact Lionel on 0417075227.
PANANIA VILLAGE MARKETS
The Rotary Club of Padstow will hold the Panania Village Markets on the second Saturday of each month at Panania Library Park. There are a wide variety of stalls, including homemade food, quality craft and plants. Proceeds from the markets are used to support local and charitable projects. For more information, contact Paul Laverty on 0414 675 736 or firstname.lastname@example.org
RIVERWOOD COMBINED PROBUS CLUB
The Riverwood Combined Probus Club invites the local community to their club meeting on the fourth Wednesday of every month at 10:15am at Club Rivers Littleton St Riverwood. The club also hosts two walks a month, a book club, a coffee and group chat and a lunch and theatre group. For more details call Kristine on 9534 2741.
ROTARY CLUB OF PADSTOW
Want to “Make a Difference” in your local community and the world and have fun at the same time? Join us at 7pm on any Tuesday night at the Revesby Workers Club Function Centre. For more information call Julie on 0417800023
ROTARY CLUB OF ST GEORGE NEXT GEN
Rotary Club of St George Next Gen meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 6:45pm at Club Central in Hurstville. For more information contact email@example.com or call 0405 776 343.
SAFER DRIVERS COURSES
The Safer Drivers Course is a combined theoretical and practical course for learner drivers under 25 years old who have completed 50 log book hours. It is administered through RMS and available at several local locations. For more details, please visit the website here.
If you have always wanted to have a go at singing, but have never had the chance, Sing Australia St George is for you! Our primary goal is to encourage more Australians to sing. There are no auditions, no requirements to read music and no singing experience is required. We make singing fun, there are lots of health benefits from activities such as singing and we make friends.
Sing Australia St George meets every Monday night, except public holidays, at Peakhurst South Public School Hall in Pindari Road, Peakhurst Heights, 7.30-9.30pm. To find out more, call John or Toni Darcy on 9584 1080 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
ST GEORGE ART SOCIETY
St George Art Society encourages fine art. Artists (and emerging artists) share ideas and experiences, learn new skills, have a chance to exhibit their art and make connections in a social community. New members are welcome.
The society’s activities are held at Kogarah School of Arts, Cnr. Queens Avenue & Bowns Road KOGARAH and include: Critique and Demonstration with guest artists; Life-Drawing with top models; a monthly Plein Air Group; a fortnightly High School Student Mentoring Program; and Sketchability, a drawing class from beginners onward.
THE ST GEORGE BRANCH OF THE ASSOCIATION OF INDEPENDENT RETIREES
The Association of Independent Retirees working for Australians in Retirement invites visitors from the Banks District. The St Geoge Branch meets monthly (except December) on the third Friday of the month. Meetings are held at Grandviews Bowling Club, 821 Forest Road, Peakhurst. Enquiries - Pat 9554 4113
The Association of Independent Retirees is a member-driven national, not for profit, non-political organisation which works to advance and protect the interests and independent lifestyle of Australians in retirement. A.I.R seeks to secure recognition and equity for Australians who, through their diligence and careful management, fully or partly self-fund their own retirement needs. Membership of A.I.R is open to retirees, semi-retirees, persons approaching retirement and corporate entities. For more info visit the A.I.R website: independentretirees.com
THE ST GEORGE CREATIVE ART & CRAFT CENTRE
St George Creative Art & Craft Centre, 23 St Georges Road, Penshurst, offers a range of classes in Art, Pottery, Patchwork, Needlework, Mosaics, card, papercraft and more. Check out our web site : www.sgcacc.org.au, email: email@example.com, or phone 9579 3331 for information about our fun and friendly classes with our talented and experienced tutors. Adult classes are held day and evening, and after school art classes for children.
ST GEORGE MASTERS SWIMMING CLUB
The club meets every Monday night from 7:00-8:30pm for the club race meet at Peakhurst West Public School Swimming Pool, Ogilvy St Peakhurst. It also runs a training session every Sunday morning from 8:00am-9:15am for club members. New members are welcome. For more information Ph: 0418 674 685 or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
ST GEORGE RED CROSS
The St George District Red Cross meets every second Tuesday of each month at Penshurst RSL in the Legends Room. Morning tea is from 10.00am, with meetings beginning at 10.30am. The focus of the group is fundraising for the Red Cross. All are welcome. Contact Meg on 9533 1020 for further details.
The St George District Red Cross are hosting a Fashion Parade at Penshurst RSL on 18th October from 10.30am. For more information, please contact Meg on 9533 1020.
Membership of VIEW is suited to all women interested in meeting regularly, establishing lasting friendships and supporting the Smith Family charity. For Clubs at Peakhurst, Riverwood and Revesby contact Ellen Gray on 9580 2991 or 0429 366 528 or email email@example.com.
The Lugarno Evening View Club holds a dinner meeting on the 3rd Monday of each month at the Gardens on Forest. For more information please contact Adele Persi on 9533 4345.
The Kingsgrove View Club meets on the 3rd Thursday of each month at Club Rivers. For more information please contact Lorraine Ripley on 9153 8798.
The East Hills View Club meets on the 3rd Monday of each month at Revesby Workers Club. For more information contact Jan McKenzie on 9724 1969 or 0408 473 037.
YWCA ENCORE EXERCISE PROGRAM
YWCA Encore is a free exercise program for women in the Revesby area who have had Breast Cancer surgery. The program involves land and pool based exercises. Participants do not need to be able to swim and pools are at a comfortable temperature. To enrol or for more information please phone 92856264 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Zonta Club of Botany Bay meets on 4th Tuesday of the month for a dinner meeting at Taren Point Bowling Club from 7 pm. If interested in attending please contact Amanda Gibson 0419010994 or email@example.com.
GET IN TOUCH WITH DAVID
Please get in touch with David if there are any issues you would like to discuss. David can be reached on 9771 3400, or at firstname.lastname@example.org. The office is at 22 Revesby Place, Revesby and is staffed from 9am—5pm, Monday to Friday.